With winter storm Juno hammering the Northeast right now, I’m left to wonder … since when did we name snowstorms?
We used to say, “The blizzard of 2012.” Now storms are humanized for the dramatic effect, making it sound as if the storm — er, Juno — is personally attacking us.
On the plus side, the frightful weather has made it a perfect week to share this auction item donation idea.
In 2012, one of my Wisconsin school auctions sold a season of snow plowing. If the weather dumped over 2″ of snow, you got your driveway plowed.
The value was $300, and it sold in the live auction for $550, nearly a 200% return.
A variation might be to offer coupons for free services. For instance, if an entire season seems to be too large of donation, perhaps a company (or an entrepreneurial teenager) could be coaxed into donating five coupons for a hand-shoveled walkway, or something similar. And one tip would be to include the zip codes of the company’s service area in the description or restrictions.
It’s a practical item, and would outsell those photography service donations in a jiffy.